Moldova state of emergency on gas shortage

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Moldova will introduce a state of emergency in the energy sector due to a supply shortage of natural gas and the absence of a new energy deal with Russia's Gazprom, Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu says.

Moldova wants to negotiate gas supplies from neighbouring Romania and Ukraine while hoping to sign a new contract with Gazprom by the end of the month, Spinu said.

"Tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, we are scheduled to negotiate with Gazprom," he told a briefing.

"We want to sign a contract for gas supplies from Gazprom on good terms for the population of Moldova," Spinu said.

Gazprom declined to comment.

In the state of emergency, which will start from Thursday, energy companies are given more powers although the exact details have not been published yet.

Moldova's contract with Gazprom expired at the end of September.

The government asked for an extension but baulked at the price offered by Gazprom of $US790 ($A1074) per 1000 cubic metres of gas.

The opposition blamed President Maia Sandu, saying she should have travelled to Moscow in person to negotiate a new deal.

Sandu said the deal should be negotiated by companies and not the president.

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